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Software Engineering Co-op Information for Employers

Adding Value to Your Team

The Bachelor of Computing Degree, with Majors in Computer Science and Software Engineering, prepares students for the workplace by teaching them software development, data structures, algorithms, teamwork, and professional standards. Students gain hands-on experience in leading edge technology, problem solving and software development, preparing them with an applied academic foundation. They also study new and emerging methods for software design and development. The Computer Science major has a greater emphasis on algorithm design and analysis, the theory of computation, and math. The Software Engineering major focus more on design methodologies and project management. Both majors take courses on the system analysis and design and software engineering, along with electives such as testing, networks, HCI, computational intelligence, graphics, game programming, security, and parallel programming.

University of Guelph Advantage

Students have the unique opportunity to study an “area of application”. These elective courses, drawn from another academic discipline, allow for both specialization and diversity. As such, a student can combine their degree with a variety of disciplines (music, psychology, business, math, etc.)

Our co-op process responds to your hiring needs. Employers can post, hire and interview throughout the semester and our students are available for 4 or 8 month work terms

Student Strengths


We teach collaborative, team-based design coursework (agile methodology), and our students integrate easily in software design teams.


Students will complete ten core computing courses, including intermediate programming, object-oriented programming, and operating systems before their first work term.


Students possess strong technical knowledge researching data structures, algorithm design and analysis, software engineering, and database management. C, Java, Python and SQL are the primary languages used in our curriculum.


Students master core topics including computer organization, operating systems, Linux, and OSX.

Software Engineering Work Term Schedule








Software Engineering Course Sequencing

Based on the 2023/24 undergraduate calendar. Please see the current undergraduate calendar for more information.


  • Software Design I
  • Discrete Structures In Computing I
  • 2 Courses in the Area Of Application or Electives
  • Programming


  • Intermediate Programming
  • 2 Courses in the Area Of Application or Electives
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Software Design II


  • Structure and Application Of Microcomputers
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Data Structures
  • 1 Course in the Area Of Application or Electives
  • Software Design III
  • Introduction to Co-operative Education


  • Software Systems Development and Integration
  • Operating Systems I
  • The Analysis and Design Of Computer Algorithms
  • 1-2 Courses in the Area Of Application or Electives


Work Term One


Work Term Two


  • System Analysis and Design In Applications
  • 1 3000- or 4000-Level Cis Elective
  • 2 – 3 Courses in the Area Of Application or Electives


Work Term Three


  • 1 - 2 Courses in the Area Of Application or Electives
  • Statistics I
  • Software Engineering
  • 1 3000- or 4000-Level Cis Elective


Work Term Four


Work Term Five


  • 2 Courses in the Area Of Application or Electives
  • Software Design IV
  • Software Reliability And Testing
  • Human Computer Interaction


  • 1 4000-Level Cis Course
  • Software Design V
  • 3 Courses in the Area Of Application or Electives